Upsilon Testimonial Fellowship

•14 April 2010 • Leave a Comment

It was a special night for the fraternity.

March 24, 2010 at Makati Park & Garden.

A special night dedicated to those among the roster with a rare status – having been Upsilonians for six decades or more – a fine breed of gatekeepers and stewards of the fraternity who continue to be towering beacons of the ideals of its brotherhood.

Among those honored were Ernesto “Ernie” Castañeda ’35, Francisco “Paquing” Santos ’38, Augusto “Tito” Cosio ’43, Ernesto “Ernie” Rivera ’45, Estelito “Titong” Mendoza ’47, Ricardo “Tito” Pronove, Jr. ’48, Ponciano “Pon” Mathay ’48, Eduardo “Danding” Taylor ’48, Rene Cruz ’49, Ramon “Mon” Pedrosa ’49, Ricardo “Dick” Zamora ’49, Roman Santos, Jr. ’49, Teodoro “Teddy” Pena ’50 and Jun Alikpala ’50. Conspicuously absent was Joker Arroyo ‘48.

Established in 1918, the Upsilon Sigma Phi is the oldest fraternity in Asia. It is based in the University of the Philippines and has only two chapters –  U.P. Diliman and U.P. Los Baños.

Among its most prominent members over the years include Ninoy Aquino ‘50, Ferdinand Marcos ‘37, Armando Malay ‘34, Mel Glor ‘67, Alfredo Malicay ‘64, Nicanor Yñiguez ‘37, Salvador Lopez ‘33, Gerry Roxas ‘46, Dick Gordon ‘68, Kidlat Tahimik ‘59, Boy Camara ‘70, Benh Cervantes ‘58, Pitoy Moreno ‘48, Alfredo Pascual ‘67 and many more.

With award winning indie film producer-director Mike Sandejas ’91

gerryruiz ’73, Johnny Villanueva ’73 & Butch Aguila ’73


Biri’s natural wonders

•5 April 2010 • 4 Comments

It has been one of our family’s long-time dreams – to go and see Biri Island. For years we heard so much about Biri, about its famous rock formations, but sadly, also about stories of how dangerous it is to cross the sea to this remote island.

Finally the dream came true last week, when we all packed our bags and supplies and, together with some friends and our pet Kitchie, we headed off to Northern Samar.


Teasing Summer

•30 March 2010 • 1 Comment

TNMK* (*Tindahan ni Mana Kordapya) comes up with a new collection designed to tease summer.

For the special photoshoot, we decided to combine work and a bit of R & R and headed up to Caluwayan Palm Island Beach Resort in Marabut, Samar.

The ambiance at Caluwayan always provides a refreshing respite from one’s daily grind. The seascape view, with the rock islets and rock formations in the vicinity, is very much relaxing.

Yeah, I love the calm sea.


Leyte IDOL Grand Finals gallery

•28 March 2010 • 2 Comments

I have compiled 136 photos of the Leyte IDOL 2010 Grand Finals held March 21, 2010 at the Leyte National High School Gymnasium, Tacloban City.

The final results of the singing competition:

Champion: May Obando of Ormoc City

2nd Place: Reginald Detabali of Baybay City

3rd Place: Ma. Kristine Ricarte of Ormoc City

Congratulations to all!


Leyte IDOL 5th Season

•23 March 2010 • 1 Comment

Ormoc City’s May Obando grabbed the top prize of P200,000 in the 5th Season of Leyte IDOL held Sunday, March 21, 2010 at the jampacked LNHS Gym in Tacloban City.

The show was but another reconfirmation of how good the Leyteño talents are in the field of singing. The governor himself started the ball rolling with his opening vocal number.

Here are the initial photos (more to come!):


Swimming with Butandings – the gentle giants

•20 March 2010 • 1 Comment

Much has been written about the success story of Donsol, Sorsogon and its transformation from being a sleepy, rustic, 5th Class municipality to its current 1st Class stature since the discovery of hundreds of whale sharks or butanding congregating in its murky but food-rich bay.

Donsol now stands proudly as the site with the largest number of recorded sightings of whale sharks anywhere in the world. It has become a world-class tourist destination and is now known as the “Whale Shark Capital of the World”. Their presence has become a major income generator, as thousands arrive each season to swim and witness the friendly behavior of these giant fish.

Donsol’s local residents have long known about the presence of the butandings in their area for over 100 years. The locals believed, however, that the butanding sharks were dangerous. This all changed in 1998 when a group of divers came in contact with them where their interaction with the gentle giants was documented and publicized by the media and got the attention of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment.

The Whale Shark (scientific name: Rhincodon Typus) is considered the biggest fish in the world and is included in the list of endangered species, with only about 1,000 identified worldwide. (For those not in the know, the huge and enormous blue whale is a mammal, not a fish.) Butandings seen in Donsol measure from 3 meters to as long as 10 meters (15 ft. – 40 ft.) in length and weigh up to 40 tons. The butanding has leathery grayish brown skin with silvery polka dots all over its huge body. They feed only on plankton and krill and are harmless and gentle, allowing humans to swim alongside with them.


Lisa-Nelson Prenuptial slideshow

•12 March 2010 • 1 Comment

Lisa and Nelson were THE photographer’s perfect couple for a prenup!

Obviously fun-loving, carefree and full of zest for life, Lisa and Nelson breezed through our shoot effortlessly.

They’re a natural!

And like what the priest said during homily, “Marriage in the Philippines is forever” – I bet they’re gonna be.

As in forever forever.

Here’s the on-site slideshow we made and presented during the couple’s wedding reception…